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Utopian thought as a missed opportunity and leverage point for systemic change
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5500-3300
Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research. Linköping University, Department of Thematic Studies, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)In: Climate Change and the Crisis of Capitalism: A chance to reclaim self, society and nature / [ed] Mark Pelling, David Manuel-Navarrete and Michael Redclift, Kings College, London, UK, London: Routledge , 2012, 159-172 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Are established economic, social and political practices capable of dealing with the combined crises of climate change and the global economic system? Will falling back on the wisdoms that contributed to the crisis help us to find ways forward or simply reconfigure risk in another guise? This volume argues that the combination of global environmental change and global economic restructuring require a re-thinking of the priorities, processes and underlying values that shape contemporary development aspirations and policy.

This volume brings together leading scholars to address these questions from several disciplinary perspectives: environmental sociology, human geography, international development, systems thinking, political sciences, philosophy, economics and policy/management science. The book is divided into four sections that examine contemporary development discourses and practices. It bridges geographical and disciplinary divides and includes chapters on innovative governance that confront unsustainable economic and environmental relations in both developing and developed contexts. It emphasises the ways in which dominant development paths have necessarily forced a separation of individuals from nature, but also from society and even from ‘self’. These three levels of alienation each form a thread that runs through the book. There are different levels and opportunities for a transition towards resilience, raising questions surrounding identity, governance and ecological management. This places resilience at the heart of the contemporary crisis of capitalism, and speaks to the relationship between the increasingly global forms of economic development and the difficulties in framing solutions to the environmental problems that carbon-based development brings in its wake.. Existing social science can help in not only identifying the challenges but also potential pathways for making change locally and in wider political, economic and cultural systems, but it must do so by identifying transitions out of carbon dependency and the kind of political challenges they imply for reflexive individuals and alternative community approaches to human security and wellbeing

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London: Routledge , 2012. 159-172 p.
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Routledge studies in human geography, 37
Keyword [en]
Climatic changes- Economic aspects, Political aspects, Capitalism., Global environmental change, Capitalism
Keyword [sv]
Klimatförändringar -ekonomiska aspekter, politiska aspekter, Kapitalism
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Social Sciences Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-71946ISBN: 978-04-156-7694-6 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-71946DiVA: diva2:455591
Available from: 2011-11-10 Created: 2011-11-10 Last updated: 2016-06-15Bibliographically approved

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